Sunday 25 December 2022

Christmas 2022 - "Behold the Lamb "..

 At Christmas time IF the Christ of Christmas rates a mention, it is as the Babe in the Manger. 

So I was delighted when I saw this 'Lamb of God' set of Beccy's (herewith this verse on it... (this card is my favourite make for 2022)

"Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world. 

Let us adore Him."

In this set Beccy presents the Christ child as our Saviour Who came to take away the sins of the world πŸŒŽ.

The “Why” Christ came is the emphasis. 

Christ, born to die that we might live...

These words were spoken not at Jesus' birth, but approximately 30 years later at the commencement of Jesus’ ministry by His cousin, John the Baptist. 

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and (John) saith, 

Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

“And I saw, and bare record that this IS the Son of God.”

John 1:29, 34 

 John the Baptist was the Forerunner who went before our Saviour, as Isaiah says to prepare the way of the LORD (Isaiah 40:3 see here)

John was led by God’s Spirit to speak thus.

It was prophetic of WHY Jesus came and WHO Jesus was!

Two miraculous births occurred in the first Christmas story, see here in Luke 1.

The birth of John to his barren elderly mother Elisabeth (and priestly father Zecharias), and 3 months later the LORD Jesus to Elisabeth's cousin Mary, both births were miracles. 

As the birth of Christ is noted, may His coming again be remembered.

Jesus Himself said in Matt 24:44

 Watch “ therefore and be ye also ready, for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man cometh." 

This Christmas time I worship (and as Beccys verse says) and adore the Christ - crucified, risen, glorified and coming again, not just the Babe in a manger..

(Recipe of card - link to Beccy's Digi Lamb of God Digital set here. Printed on light card just on inkjet, used coloured image of baby Jesus, fussy  cut it - I love that there is a coloured option! Folder is 3D Crafters Companion bought in 2018, dies stitched oval, inked on coloured card to speed up process, with Distress as explained in Beccy's post - inspired by Beccy's technique here. SB Royal Circle die for verse).

“Thankfulness” and “Thanksgiving” belong to Christmas, so VERY thankful Jesus came from heaven for us all.

So this is a thank you card I made for my neighbour.

Finally I cracked the Batik ink technique, first seen on Loll’s blog sometime ago. (Recipe first attempted here, this my third go, second time I forgot to random scrunch paper before inking!) all snippets used except the base card. Also used top edger thank you on this card, I forgot I had it till looking at an old blog post! It was cut out of an edge the batik inked card (used DI) as extended the inking edge past stamped floral to use for greetings.

Just closing as usual with Aussie photos.πŸ˜ƒ

The glories of God's creation on a visit to the Sunshine coast, Qld! Skyline in first two are Glasshouse Mountains and the red flowering tree is a Poinciana. Very Christmassy!

On the way home (in a small 18 seater plane) the skyline was spectacular,  you could almost touch those cumulus clouds, stunning 😍 truly took my thoughts heavenwards. I so long for heaven, longer I live the greater the longing.
 I trusted in Jesus as my own Saviour from my sin as a kid of 12 years down here at the beach one summer, a very long time ago.. so to me it seems it's been a long wait.
But just how much longer and how very patient is God, our Heavenly Father, Who longs that all come to faith in Jesus, and have that promise of a home in heaven. 
This life is short.

Happy Christmas everyone - may God be with you wherever you maybe, sending giant prayer hugs and much love - thank you if you read this far. 
You all mean a lot to me!
πŸ™πŸ€—❤ Shaz in Oz.x 
If you'd like to know more, please read this post here 

Linking up to the following:

** NBUS Challenge Never Before Used Schtuff beccys digi is first time used this verse on a card.

** WAW Word Art Wednesday - ANYTHING Goes - both new cards.

** Snippets Challenge - Thank you card. All snippets used except for base.. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

** Beccys Place December Challenge Christmas card

** Allsorts blogspot challenge CAS design. thank you card


  1. Merry Christmas. hugs Mrs A.

  2. Gorgeous cards and images Shaz. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas..Hugs Loz

  3. A pretty fresh feel to your Allsort card Shaz, thanks so much for joining in.

    Wishing you and yours a Happy and Peaceful Christmas season.

    B x

  4. Beautiful group of Christmas cards with Beccy's sweet set! Lovely photos from your trip as well. Thank you for sharing with Word Art Wednesday this week! Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!

  5. Amazing cards Shaz, that Baby Jesus in the manger with the lambs is so sweet and love so much the design with the verse in that royal circle. Lovely thank you card too. Thanks for your words and marvellous photos.
    Have a blessed Christmas time, filled of joy!
    Prayers hugs!
    Alice xxx

  6. DEFINITELY an amazing card, it's easy to see why this would be a favorite make! Thank you for your amazing card, inspiration post and sharing at NBUS

  7. A Very Happy Christmas to you Shaz and thanks for our lovely cards and messages. Love and all good wishes. Jo xxx

  8. That is a gorgeous card and the words of your post are so accurate today. We went to church this morning for a beautiful service including a Nativity by the children and lots of carols sung. It was an old-fashioned service, perfect to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus.
    I hope you have had a wonderful day, celebrating Him too.
    Blessings and love,

  9. Beautiful cards Shaz - and how good that you cracked the Batik technique. It's new to me - so one to try out sometime. Wishing you a Happy New Year and a good year ahead in 2023.


    Di xx

  10. Beautiful inking technique and gorgeous delicate dies - so pretty. Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge
    Pauline xx

  11. Hi Shaz, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day, looks like you had a little get away, summer finally arrived this week and the Aussie Water dragon appears to have stayed around our garden, just need to try and catch a photo. Many thanks for all your lovely comments and messages on my blog this year. Wishing you a Happy, safe and Healthy 2023.... Megan

  12. Exquisite cards Shaz... I love that you featured that scripture! The nativity is meaningless without the crucifixion.
    What gorgeous Aus photos also - we are blessed to live where we do!!

  13. Such beautiful cards, Shaz. Great blog post as well. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday. I'm always so grateful to have you share your wonderful art with us. I pray that God will bless you as you create and share your wonderful art. Have a great week.

  14. Absolutely beautiful cards Shaz! I love the gorgeous sky you created, the stars certainly shine brightly against the dark background. The purple and gold combination is fantastic, definitely fit for a king. Beautiful work.

  15. A lovely thank you card that you've submitted as Snippets Playground homework.

    Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground! There’s a little tea party going on at the Playground Treehouse Bar to use up the Christmas leftovers, so come and join us up there. xxx

  16. Comment by Grandma Becky, accidentally deleted! 😳

    "Thank you for sharing the birth of baby Jesus and what John did for him as well. Always good memories of years ago the 1st chapter of John we had to memorize in a class at Christian college I went to after graduating from high school 1973. I still remember most of it. We sang the song you shared at church Christmas Sunday.
    I really like that song. God bless and Happy New Year, my friend!!!
    Becky L.

  17. Oh that baby Jesus is so sweet, I just bought a similar stamp from Stampendous it is on it's way, love your die to cut the verse it is perfect.
    Lovely pictures too!
    Wishing you all the best in 2023!

  18. Fabulous card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts!
    Happy New Year;-))m

  19. Beautiful post, cards, and photos, Shaz! I love the sky from the plane window! Way to go cracking the Batik ink technique, too! Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Happy Happy New Year! Hugs, Darnell


Thanks so VERY much for taking the time to encourage me by your comments! You REALLY make my day, and may God bless you for it!
Shaz in Oz.x
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